Doctor Alanna Kamp

Doctor Alanna Kamp

Lecturer in Geography and Urban Studies,
Geography, Tourism & Planning


Dr Alanna Kamp (BA BSc (UNSW); PhD (WSU)) is Lecturer in Geography and Urban Studies (Urban Research Program, School of Social Sciences), Research Fellow in the Young and Resilient Research Centre (WSU), and academic member of the Challenging Racism Project (WSU) and Diversity and Human Rights Research Centre (WSU).

 Dr Kamp’s research contributions lie in the areas of Australian multiculturalism and cultural diversity, experiences of migration and migrant settlement, racism and anti-racism, national identity, citizenship and intersectional experiences of belonging/exclusion. Her work utilises national-level quantitative methods as well as smaller-scale qualitative techniques that are influenced by multi-disciplinary research (post-colonialism, feminism, history, diaspora etc). She has published pioneering (and award winning) work on Chinese Australian women’s experiences of national and cultural identity, participation and contribution, racism and belonging. She has also published in the areas of Indigenous Studies, Asian Australian Studies, and Islamophobia.

She is currently leading the project Asian Australians' Experiences of Racism during the COVID19 Pandemic, funded by the Centre of Resilient and Inclusive Socities, and the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria.

Alanna is also leading a project on 'Mixed Race' Young Austalians' experiences of racism, identity and belonging in multicultural Australia, funded by Western Sydney University (ECR Fellowship)

Her book Intersectional Lives: Chinese Australian Women in White Australia is due to be published by Routledge (London) in 2021.

She has taught in the areas of Human Geography, Development Studies and Applied Social Research. She is currently the Unit Coordinator of 102170 People, Place and Social Difference (Level 1, Core)

This information has been contributed by Doctor Kamp.


  • PHD University of Western Sydney
  • BSc(HumGeo) University of New South Wales
  • BA University of New South Wales

Professional Memberships

  • Geographical Society of NSW (2011 - 2017)
  • Institute of Australian Geographers (2017 - 2017)


  • University Medal in Geography (UNSW) 2008-04-17
  • The Jack Mabbutt Medal (UNSW) 2008-04-17
  • Jim Rose Geography Award (Geographical Society of NSW) 2007-11-16
  • Faculty Vacation Research Scholarship (UNSW) 2006-04-10
  • The United Association of Women Prize 2005-04-26
  • Australian Postgraduate Award 2009-01-01
  • David G Stead Award (Australian Geographer/ GSNSW) 2018-12-03
  • Geographical Society of NSW Post-Doctoral Scholar Award 2018-12-03
  • Geographical Research Prize (Institute of Australian Geographers) 2010-12-01


  • Australian History
  • Historical Geography
  • Human Geography
  • Immigration and Racism
  • Postcolonial Feminist Geography

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Geography, Tourism & Planning


  • Dragon Tails Inc
  • Geographical Names Board NSW


Location: EI.G.12

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Current Teaching Areas

  • 102170 People, Place and Social Difference

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101276 Working with Communities, 2014
  • 101331 Issues in World Development: Rich World, Poor World, 2010
  • 101331 Issues in World Development: Rich World, Poor World, 2011
  • 101552 Applied Social Research, 2014
  • 101552 Applied Social Research, 2015
  • 101552 Applied Social Research, 2016
  • 101552 Applied Social Research, 2017
  • 101556 The Geographies of Social Difference, 2010
  • 101556 The Geographies of Social Difference, 2014
  • 101590 Cultural and Social Geographies, 2018
  • 101590 Cultural and Social Geographies, 2019
  • 102170 People, Place and Social Difference, 2020


Chapters in Books

  • Babacan, A., Jacobs, R., Kamp, A., Paradies, Y., Piyarathne, A., Wang, C., Zwi, K., Woodland, L. and Hutton, V. (2021), 'Racism', Multicultural Responsiveness in Counselling and Psychology: Working with Australian Population, Palgrave Macmillan 9783030554262.
  • Dunn, K. and Kamp, A. (2015), 'The virtues and challenges of comparative analyses of immigration, migrant settlement and transnationalism', Social Transformation and Migration: National and Local Experiences in South Korea, Turkey, Mexico and Australia, Palgrave 9781137474940.
  • Dunn, K. and Kamp, A. (2012), 'A failed political attempt to use global Islamophobia in Western Sydney : the 'Lindsay leaflet scandal'', Global Islamophobia : Muslims and Moral Panic in the West, Ashgate 9781409431190.
  • Dunn, K. and Kamp, A. (2009), 'The hopeful and exclusionary politics of Islam in Australia: looking for alternative geographies of 'Western Islam'', Muslim Spaces of Hope: Geographies of Possibility in Britain and the West, Zed Books 9781848133006.

Journal Articles

  • Kamp, A. (2021), '[In Press] Chinese Australian daughters' experiences of educational opportunity in 1930s-60s Australia', Australian Historical Studies, .
  • Kamp, A. (2018), 'Chinese Australian women's 'homemaking' and contributions to the family economy in White Australia', Australian Geographer, vol 49, no 1 , pp 149 - 165.
  • Gorman-Murray, A., Kamp, A. and McKinnon, S. (2018), 'Guest editorial : historical geographies down under', Australian Geographer, vol 49, no 1 , pp 1 - 3.
  • Dunn, K., Blair, K., Bliuc, A. and Kamp, A. (2018), 'Land and housing as crucibles of racist nationalism : Asian Australians' experiences', Geographical Research, vol 56, no 4 , pp 465 - 478.
  • Kamp, A., Dunn, K., Paradies, Y. and Blair, K. (2018), 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's attitudes towards Australian multiculturalism, cultural diversity, 'race' and racism, 2015-16', Australian Aboriginal Studies, vol 2018, no 2 , pp 50 - 70.
  • Kamp, A., Alam, O., Blair, K. and Dunn, K. (2017), 'Australians' views on cultural diversity, nation and migration, 2015-16', Cosmopolitan Civil Societies, vol 9, no 3 , pp 61 - 84.
  • Kamp, A. (2013), 'Chinese Australian women in White Australia : utilising available sources to overcome the challenge of "invisibility"', Chinese Southern Diaspora Studies, vol 6 , pp 75 - 101.
  • Kamp, A. (2010), 'Formative geographies of belonging in white Australia : constructing the national self and other in parliamentary debate, 1901', Geographical Research, vol 48, no 4 , pp 411 - 426.
  • Dunn, K., Kamp, A., Shaw, W., Forrest, J. and Paradies, Y. (2010), 'Indigenous Australians' attitudes towards multiculturalism, cultural diversity, ?race' and racism', Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, vol 13, no 4 , pp 19 - 31.

Other Publications

  • 2017, 'Challenging Racism Project: 2015-16 National Survey', Report

Dr. Alanna Kamp's areas of research include the historical geographies of Chinese Australian experience, attitudes to immigration, and experiences of other non-white settlement throughout Australia's history and contemporary times. Her doctoral research, titled ‘Invisible Australians’: Chinese-Australian Women’s experiences of belonging and exclusion in the White Australia Period, 1901-1973, moved beyond patriarchal accounts of Chinese Australian settlement and experience in the White Australia Policy era (1901-1973) by providing an analysis of the lived experiences of Chinese Australian women in this historical period. 

As an historical and cultural geographer, and part of the Urban Research Program/Challenging Racism Project, Alanna is interested in feminist and postcolonial understandings of the migrant experience and attitudes to immigration in Australia. She is particularly interested in the ways in which historical geographies of migrant experience have contemporary relevance and shape current community experiences and identities. 

Her recent publications include:

Kamp, A. 2021. International migration and mobility experiences of Chinese Australian women in White Australia, 1901-1973, in K. Bagnall and J. Martínez (eds.), Locating Chinese Women: Historical Mobility between China and Australia, HKU Press, Hong Kong, 105-128.

Kamp (2021) Chinese Australian Daughters’ Experiences of Educational Opportunity in 1930s–60s Australia, Australian Historical Studies.

Kamp, A. (2021). White Mongrel, in S.Sisko and V.Hutton (eds.), Cultural competence in counselling and psychology, Palgrave Macmillan, pp.70-73

Kamp, A. (2018) 'Chinese Australian women’s ‘homemaking’ and contributions to the family economy in White Australia', Australian Geographer 49 (1), 149-165

Gorman-Murray, A., Kamp, A., McKinnon, S. (2018) 'Guest editorial: Historical geographies down under' , Australian Geographer 49 (1), 1-3

A Kamp, O Alam, K Blair, K Dunn (2017)' Australians’ views on cultural diversity, nation and migration, 2015-16', Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 9 (3), 61-84

K Blair, KM Dunn, A Kamp,  O Alam (2017) Challenginf Racism Project 2015-2016 National Survey Report, Western Sydney University.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Kamp.

Previous Projects

Title: How in-language advertising impacts behaviour
  • Special Broadcasting Service Corporation
Western Researchers: Kevin Dunn, Renu Narchal, Karen Mattock, Nida Denson, Alanna Kamp and Rachel Sharples
Years: 2020-11-09 - 2021-09-30
ID: P00026937


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Migration and settlement, transnationalism, integration, identity and belonging
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Afghan Australian Identity
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Develop a rational choice model to identify and equitably distribute the spatial costs and benefits associated with development densification
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Challenging racisms and enhancing social belonging
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Perceptions of Transnational Arranged Marriages among the Children of Bangladeshi Skilled Migrants in Sydney
Field of Research: Other Society And Culture
Thesis Title: Deconstructing Incarceration: The Discursive Practices of the Judiciary in the NSW District Court
Field of Research: Other Society And Culture


Title: Chinese Immigration to Australia
Description: ABC Radio National: Rear Vision, broadcast nationally on September 2, 2018
Title: Female Chinese Australians: A Feminist Tale of Multiculturalism, an interview with Dr Alanna Kamp
Description: by SoundMinds Radio, 23 August 2016
Title: Is Australia Racist?
Description: SBS Australia Documentary, aired nationally on March 27, 2017.

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